Applications are open for a Leverhulme Doctoral Studentship at the University of Sussex studying visual tuning to environmental statistics during early development


In many respects, the human visual system appears to be optimized for representing the visual information contained in natural scenes. Is this optimization genetic, having evolved over many generations, or is it ontogenetic, meaning that each individual learns to optimally represent their own environment via early interactions with the visual world? Research on the visual abilities of human infants offers a way to explore the answer to this question. We will investigate the tuning of the perceptual abilities of human infants to the visual statistics of natural scenes, investigating how the tuning develops with time. To do this we use a variety of methods: eye tracking, psychophysics and EEG. In particular we plan to use steady-state visually evoked potentials (SSVEPs) which are an excellent way of probing the neural mechanisms of vision in infants, efficient, with high signal:noise ratios and without the need for measuring behavioural responses.


Supervisors: Dr Jenny Bosten,  & Prof Anna Franklin,


See – Visual tuning to environmental statistics during early development for more information.